Lake Manyara National Park
&Beyond Manyara Tree Lodge
Stay in a lavish suite imaginatively built into the branches of a mahogany tree, and spend days wildlife spotting in a quiet corner of Lake Manyara National Park, returning to camp to rest, share stories and enjoy fine food in the forest boma.
Live out a childhood whim as you stay in treehouse, albeit a luxury one complete with mod cons, a deep bathtub and outdoor shower. Wake to the sights and sounds of the forest as you anticipate the day ahead. Game drives take you into the national park often heading further south than most day visitors venture. You might see lions resting in the boughs of trees (through without the benefit of a cosy suite), flamingos on the lake, and wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and elephant … Night drives, treetop canopy tours, cycling through a local village and sundowners overlooking the lake all enhance the Manyara Tree Lodge experience.
Back at the lodge cool off in the pool, relax with a massage, and take in the view from one of the terraces. As dinner approaches you can watch culinary preparations in the open kitchen before dining in the open air boma artfully fenced by traditional dugout canoes and lit by a glowing fire.
Children are welcome with the proviso that the minimum age for game drives is 12, though those between 6 and 11 can take part at the discretion of the lodge manager.
Lake Manyara is not the best wildlife viewing you’re going to find in this area, and it can be busy in the area closest to the entrance, but this is a luxurious lodge owned by And Beyond offers a special experience in a pretty location well away from the crowds (it’s about 2 hours’ drive from the gate), and we love staying here.
Times to Go
You can visit Lake Manyara at any time of year, though the rainy months of April and May are too wet for most visitors. This park mostly attracts day visitors, and the peak season is generally July to October and January-February.
&Beyond Manyara Tree Lodge highlights
- Only permanent lodge in the park
- Beautiful treehouse suites
- Search for tree-climbing lions
- Good birding
- Stunning Rift Valley views
- Sundowners by the lake
- Atmospheric boma dinners
&Beyond Manyara Tree Lodge location
&Beyond Manyara Tree Lodge
- 10 treehouse suites
- Open all year apart from April
- Children are welcome, age limits apply to safaris
- Swimming pool
- Boma dining area
- Massage centre
- Interactive kitchen
- Laundry service
- Gym in a basket on request
(All optional apart from the game drives)
- Game drives
- Night drives
- Treetop canopy walk
- Maasai village visit
&Beyond Manyara Tree Lodge rooms
There are 10 suites, all built on platforms in mahogany trees, with bedrooms that can be configured as doubles or twins. 2 can be used as triples to sleep up to 2 adults and 1 child between 8 and 16.
Each suite has an indoor bathroom with bathtub, separate toilet and an open air shower.
There is also a family suite with 2 en-suite rooms and living area.
Beds have mosquito nets and room facilities include a ceiling fan, phone, safe and hairdryer.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“&Beyond adheres to strict eco credentials and operates low-impact lodges, carefully monitoring environmental impact, and use of resources. In addition, Manyara Tree Lodge guides work alongside national park rangers in monitoring local troops of olive baboons as part of their commitment to conservation. ”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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